The Neuroradiology Division offers a full range of diagnostic and intervention procedures for our pediatric and adult patients. We are comprised of attending staff with various diagnostic and/or interventional backgrounds. Our division offers state of the art diagnostic and interventional tools for diagnosing and treating CNS and Spinal disorders.
In our Diagnostic subsection, we offer basic to advanced imaging techniques. We offer 24/7 service to our patients for both Computed Tomography (CT) and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). In CT, we performed a full gamut ranging from basic anatomical imaging to advanced neurovascular and functioning imaging such as CT Angiogram and Perfusion of the neck and head regions for our stroke or cancer population. We fully utilize our multidetector CT scanners (4 and 16 and 40 detectors, Definition 64 dual source, and Definition 128 Flash) and their 3D and multiplanar capabilities in acquisition and post processing to achieve faster and more accurate diagnosis.
For MRI, we also utilize both our current six, and soon to be seven, both 1.5 Tesla and 3.0 Tesla, clinical magnet units for basic and advanced imaging studies. In addition to our basic neurospinal axis anatomical imaging for searching of pathologies, we also apply advanced tools such as MR Spectroscopy, MR Perfusion, Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI), and Functional MRI (fMRI) and further as needed to achieve more pin-point diagnosis.
In our Interventional subsection, we offer both Endovascular and Spinal diagnostic and therapeutic procedures. Our Neuro-Endovascular group offers treatment options for patients with aneurysm, arteriovenous malformation, carotid stenosis, tumor, or stroke. Our stroke interventional team is trained to use the mechanical clot retrieval system which currently extends the therapeutic window for our acute stroke patients. Our redesigned Neuroangiographic Suite will allow us to perform 3D Digital Subtraction Angiogram (DSA) and CT of head and neck without moving the patient elsewhere.
Through the Interventional Neuroradiology Spine Service within our Interventional subsection, we offer a gamut of Fluoro and/or CT guided percutaneous procedures for patients with spinal disorders. Such basic procedures are Spinal Epidural / Facet Block, Discogram, Spinal/Paraspinal Biopsy, Lumbar Puncture, and Myelogram. Advances procedures such as Epidural Blood Patch, Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation of nerves and tumors, Percutaneous Discectomy, Vertebral Augmentation (Vertebroplasty / Kyphoplasty), and Sacroplasty for sacral insufficiency fracture, and Spine Decompression procedure are offered to those clinically qualified patients.
Nine subspecialty trained radiologists and one neurosurgeon staff the Neuroradiology Section, along with many subspecialty trained CT, MRI, and Interventional technologists and nursing staff.
STAR™ Tumor Ablation System
Penn State Hershey is proud to be the leading institution in the region providing ground breaking spinal therapy to treat Spinal Tumors. Unlike other ablation tools available today, the STAR™ Tumor Ablation System relieves pain from cancers that spread to the spine from other areas like the breast, prostate, lung or kidney. Through a minimally invasive, nonsurgical approach, a probe is inserted into the spinal tumor under local anesthesia. The probe emits heat that shrinks or destroys the tumor resulting in rapid, lasting pain relief. If administered prior to any other cancer treatment, STAR tumor ablation may enable patients enough freedom from pain to undergo uninterrupted, continuous treatment of their primary cancer.